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Cerner Reviews

Updated 30 January 2015
Updated 30 January 2015
798 Reviews
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Cerner Chairman, CEO & President Neal L. Patterson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They will make you work at least 65 hours a week, no work life balance at all (in 21 reviews)

  • Cerner is a great place to learn something about anything you maybe interested in (in 41 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance for the benefit of associate wellness needs addressed from top/down (in 75 reviews)

  • Long hours, some employees fresh out of college and need guidance in corporate settings (in 67 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Working at Cerner

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    Nice offices
    Multi cultural environment
    Access to the latest technologies

    Cons

    The use of pay by performance "culture" which is misleading as after getting excellent reviews most people gets dissapointed when they received their compensation reviews which result in poor levels of attrition of talented people.
    Expectations to work ulimited overtime with no or very little compensation for that work effort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To review the pay by performace approach including objectives criteria to allow people to know exactly what will be the rewards once expected performance is delivered.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not a bad place to work!

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    Current Employee - Technical Architect
    Current Employee - Technical Architect

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    Great Training and support for employees to grow their knowledge.

    Cons

    None specifically - general frustration with staffing levels and recruitment approaches

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to work lower down heirachy to understand stresses and strains of teams.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cerner

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    Former Employee - Solutions Delivery Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Solutions Delivery Consultant in London, England

    I worked at Cerner

    Pros

    The environment, it's a fast paced structure where promotion is possible from within for anybody, the reward of your hard work is not always recognized but it's a great feeling to be part of the healthcare revolution.

    Cons

    I would say that the main downside of working at Cerner is the compensation policy and transparency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent about the compensation scheme.

    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    As an experienced hire - know your worth & be sure to negotiate suitable salary on entry

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    Current Employee - Engagement Leader in London, England
    Current Employee - Engagement Leader in London, England

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    Recognition of hard work and abilities by providing opportunities to develop & grow, by progressing/moving into senior roles (however this is often for min 1 year min for no additional pay)

    Cons

    1) 'Pay for Performance' concept is not always delivered as deserved at annual review 2) Empty promises to staff 3) Giving staff "opportunities" to grow often lead to staff being taken advantage of and not being compensated for more than 1 + year, regardless of being fully competent and performing in the role (Note & beware - annual reviews & increases occur in SEPT/OCT, rather than usual Jan or April!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Stop giving empty promises, it creates an untrusting environment. * Reward commitment & hardwork with earned & deserved 'pay for performance' incentives. * Employees are people, not numbers - ASK them first how they feel about moving projects, dont just assume its OK. Remember we want happy, satisfied staff

    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people, shame about the money

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Technology Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant in London, England

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    There's a good atmosphere at Cerner. You get to work with a lot of great technologies, really see them applied in hospitals and get to meet clinical staff. In the UK, the atmosphere is relaxed and the focus is all on 'the project' - there's no petty politics like i've seen in some of my former jobs - team work does happen and it's great to be a part of. The people are friendly and sociable and the work is interesting.

    It terms of career progression, it's good. If you are good at your job, you'll see promotions fairly quickly. Management are keen to identify good talent.

    There is also a large emphasis on the initial training stages.

    Cons

    In terms of London - the compensation package is not adequate. I have known many colleagues leave after 18 months to move onto much higher salaries.

    I have seen a complete disregard for work-life balance. There are many work-aholics who think nothing of working late or over a weekend. There are no general policies for on-call (unless you are in particular support teams) and no 'days in lieu' policies.

    In terms of being a technologist - the core database scripting language is proprietary and no use if you move outside of Cerner hospital systems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review compensation packages.. Graduates in London can do a lot better and realise it. Put 'time in lieu' and on call policies in place.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good jump start to career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cerner full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you work in Kansas City where the Headquarters are, it's a pretty awesome environment and they take good care of their associates with all sorts of perks you would expect from a technology employer. They encourage associates in career growth. Benefits are pretty spectacular. Training and collaboration systems are encouraged.

    Cons

    If you work at a client site, the perks enjoyed at the headquarters are non existent. Pay is less and do not meet market averages. Unless you are willing to move to another site or headquarters, career growth is limited. If you are willing to move to another client site or to headquarters, salary is not increased to match market but are "taken into consideration" in the next review. Workflows in ITIL documentation need improvement to improve productivity. Processes and procedures are not standardized across all sites. Job titles are created that do not match industry standards and sound "less important" than they actually are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    College degrees do not automatically make Associates better people. Experience does. Recognize that and listen to your associates in the trenches. Consider some of the "luxuries" and benefits provided to headquarter associates for your onsite client associates. Look at the roles and responsibilities of the associates along with their performance and show appreciation through salaries in job market averages. Reward the ones who are not seat warmers...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working full time as a System engineer almost a year, still learning a lot new things.

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at Cerner full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great office environment, good place to work, good benefits, free gym and good kitchen. Management pretty straight

    Cons

    I believe the compensation is not bad. But sometimes is pretty busy, (a lot after hours phone calls). Working hours are nor flexible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Care Analyst in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Client Care Analyst in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    The trainers are really good and they have a great system in place that will ensure that you succeed your position.

    Cons

    the only con i can find is the hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    Good work life balance at the company

    Cons

    Nothing important to mention. Had good experience

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great foundation for college graduates, young work-force, ample opportunities to learn and

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at Cerner full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Constant re-organization - higher chances of moving up, good compensation compared to other KC-based companies, good benefits, great training and development courses offered (ASTD #9), innovative environment ( Forbes #22)

    Cons

    Depending on your team and organization, there might be low chances of moving up. Long work hours, a lot of traveling. Ever-changing culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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